In this age of instant gratification, easy access, and high-speed everything, why is it still so hard to get to Moscow? This is the question that propels sisters 3.0, the latest work from Chicago's experimental multimedia performance ensemble, Big Picture Group.
A streamlined, 90-minute adaptation of Chekov's The Three Sisters, sisters 3.0 contrasts the three slow-motion sisters with the fast-forward culture of contemporary Russia. Set in a space that combines a common domestic kitchen with a museum of Russian history, the production explores the experience of time and history in an age of speed and simultaneity.
We all want more. Our house is never big enough, our spouse attractive enough, our job satisfying enough.
In this age of instant gratification, easy access, and high-speed everything, why can't we be happy?
Olga, Masha, and Irina - the title trio of sisters 3.0 - have it all: status, money, love. But their
desparate longing for more turns their little community into a carnival of sex, lies, and murder.
And in the tantalizing dance of adultery and insanity, someone has to pay the price.
sisters 3.0, Big Picture Group's adaptation of Chekov's The Three Sisters, updates this classic and
turns it into a streamlined, 90-minute look at three sisters stuck in slow motion while life rushes by in fast forward.
Set in the new, post-Perestroika, capitalist Russia, the production channels the sisters' basic longings through the
dreamscape of fashion festishism and media manipulation. As Russia becomes America and Moscow becomes Chicago, sisters 3.0
asks a chilling question: can any of us survive our desire?